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Australia's Treatment of Migrant Children

This week, parliament will give the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on children in immigration detention. From the public hearings held last year, it is clear that Australia’s system of mandatory immigration detention is damaging and especially abusive when it comes to children. When the commission reviewed the situation of children in immigration in 2004, it found Australia’s immigration detention was in violation of international law and failed children in nearly every aspect. More than a decade later, Australia’s policies remain basically unchanged.

3 Young Muslims Killed

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, earlier this week 3 young muslims were shot and killed by their neighbor. This was an obvious hate crime as they were targeted merely because of their religion. A hate crime is when violence is driven even partially by discrimination and that is exactly what this is, according to the sources. CNN says "Craig Stephen Hicks, the shooter, hated religion and that he was riled at the sight of his Muslim neighbors -- two of them young women who wore hijabs." This is something horrible to have happened to them in which the oldest was merely 23 years old.

World Bank's Issue in Uzbekistan on Forced Labor

A report reveals that the World Bank’s Inspection Panel is refusing to look into the forced labor in Uzbekistan. This is after many reports have been pointing out that the country is using funds from the World Bank in order to conduct this forced labor. The Inspection Panel decided that World Bank management and the Uzbek government are doing enough to address the problem since the government is now willing to discuss the issue and promised to respect labor standards in its loan agreements. But is that true? Why won't they get involved just to be sure?

New Bill In Virginia Needs Support

For more than 15 years, Human Rights Watch has investigated hazardous child labor on farms in the United States and around the world. In the last two years they have been conducting in-depth research on children working in tobacco in the four major tobacco-producing states, including Virginia, and published a report on the topic.

Texas State In Controversial Case

"The state of Texas should not have removed children from a polygamist group's ranch because it didn't prove that they were in "imminent danger," an appeals court ruled early in February. In the ruling, a three-judge panel did not order that the children be returned to their families. Instead, the judges gave the lower court 10 days to vacate an order placing the children in state custody. This decision leaves what will happen next to be awaited as the judges have not directly said they had to be released.

Somalia Ratifies

The United Nations, early in January 2015, applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) a move which was praised as being an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the world. They make a commitment towards improving the lives of its children now which is great news. By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government of Somalia is making an improvement in the well being of its children, and hence an improvement in the future of its country.

10 Year Old Girl Victimized by Boko Haram

A girl believed to be about 10 years old was strapped with explosives and sent into a busy market in Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 16 and injuring more than 20. Boko Haram has been causing conflicts in the area of the bombing for more than five years. A police source told reporters, "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old,” The bombing took place just days after one of the worst Boko Haram attacks ever. Some 2,000 people are believed to have been gunned down in the town of Baga, also in Borno.

The US Government Should Take Action

Each year, when school lets out for the summer, children as young as 12 — and sometimes younger — start working long hours tending tobacco in Virginia and other big tobacco states. They absorb nicotine, get sprayed with pesticides and use sharp axes to cut down tobacco taller than they are. Children are especially vulnerable to nicotine poisoning because of their size and stage of development. A recent report from the Surgeon General suggested nicotine exposure during adolescence may have lasting consequences for brain development.

ISIS Frees Yazidis

This article talks about how Islamist militants freed about 250 Yazidis, held captive for more than six months in Iraq. Most of those released were children and the elderly. They are now under the care of Kurdish government. Yazidis are one of Iraq's smallest minorities. Their religion is considered a pre-Islamic, that draws from Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. They are actually one of the oldest religious communities in the world, with many Muslims referring to them as devil worshippers hence the issue ISIS had with them.

An LRA Commander Captured

In 2005, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Dominic Ongwen for crimes against humanity and war crimes. On January 6, 2015, US military advisers working with the African Union Regional Task Force captured Ongwen into their custody. US, Ugandan, and Central African authorities are negotiating Ongwen’s fate, media reports say. With Ongwen in custody, the door is open for victims of the Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) crimes to see some long-awaited justice. He should be transferred to the ICC, which has a warrant for his arrest.